Blake Joyce, Ph.D.
Science Informatician, CyVerse
Research Associate, Bio5 Institute, University of Arizona
Keating Bioresearch Building
1657 E. Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85721
2013 Ph.D. in Plants, Soils, and Insects, University of Tennessee
2008 Master’s in Plant Sciences, minor: Statistics
2006 B.S. in Ecology, University of Georgia
2006 B.S. in Biology, University of Georgia
Roles and research interests:
My primary responsibilities at CyVerse include supporting the agricultural and ecological scientific communities, strengthening our current infrastructure, and training scientists to be ‘Data Scientists.’
Tyson Swetnam and I are developing GIS and high-throughput phenotyping cyberinfrastructure for precision agriculture and ecological research. Our goal is to streamline and parallelize analysis from precision agriculture sensors to allow in situ farm or ranch decision making. This work involves optical engineers, agricultural engineers, biologists, and data scientists at CyVerse. Additionally, I have been working with the Animal Genome to Phenome (AG2P) RCN to develop non-model organism genetic analysis workflows that leverage supercomputing resources available through CyVerse.
I am a co-founder of Research Bazaar Arizona and I teach and help to organize Software & Data Carpentry workshops. Both organizations focus on training scientists to use computation to meet their needs, but naturally support each other by delivering different training platforms for participants. Software & Data Carpentry workshops trains scientists in the use of Bash, Git, R, Python, etc. for scientific applications. These workshops are taught specifically to scientists with novice coding skills to introduce them to computation for scientific applications. Research Bazaar Arizona hosts weekly events where scientists can engage in peer-to-peer consultation, informal training, and networking beyond their departments to suit their specific computation needs. These weekly events are also designed to support the growing community of coding-literate scientists at the University of Arizona, and to be a point of contact for the greater Arizona community. We plan to host a University-wide bazaar annually in March.